Find Focus, Achieve & Thrive

My role as a personal Psychological Coach is to help you achieve your full potential and be the best possible version of you. 

I work 1:1 with female clients in person or via video call, to help you identify, explore and enhance your strengths and abilities, creating opportunity for positive change, personal growth and development. 

Your journey to a contented and fulfilled life starts and ends with you. My role is to guide you to create a positive relationship with yourself where you are able to love and be true to you; guiding, supporting and motivating you to achieve the positive changes you seek.

As a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor and Cognitive Coach & Mentor, my specialist field is working with women to overcome challenge, support life transitions and help you to develop confidence, self love, self worth and the ability to be true to you in all aspects of your life.

How can I help you? 

I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message via the contact page or email me at [email protected]

I'll look forward to hearing from you. 

'Experiencing a client's journey is a privilege. 

Observing your growth is inspiring. 

Celebrating what you achieve thereafter, is why I do what I do.'

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What is Psychological Coaching & Mentoring?

  • Psychological coaching brings together the theories of psychology and the practices of coaching in a practical and effective way to support clients to master their challenges, grow, achieve and thrive in all aspects of their life. 
  • Psychological coaching focuses on the positive aspects of the human psyche and concentrates on your individual strengths and abilities.
  • It guides you to explore new ways of dealing with challenge and life transitions.
  • It supports self improvement, growth and the overall quality of your wellbeing.
  • Psychological Coaching starts and ends with you.
  • It helps you to be the best version of you and thrive.

How can it help you?

  • Psychological coaching can help you make positive changes in all areas of your life
  • It can help you to take control and truly be the change you want to see. 
  • Mindset is everything. It influences our thoughts, behaviours and actions and how we live everyday.  Psychological coaching can help you achieve a growth mindset enhancing the way you look at life with a more positive outlook.  
  • It can help you explore what external pressures and influences impact your life, emotionally/physically and support you to make effective changes to enhance your overall wellbeing. 
  • Psychological coaching supports emotional growth, personal development, confidence, relationships, career progression, life transitions, relationships and parenting, helping you to enjoy everyday and live your life with contentment and positivity. 

About The Forward Thinking Therapist

Karen Smith is a mum, wife, qualified Psychological Coach, Mentor, Counsellor, Restorative Practitioner and more recently an author. She has over 15 years of experience working in education, and a portfolio of professional training supporting women and families to achieve positive outcomes. Karen focuses her passion for positive emotional health, specifically supporting women to achieve and thrive, and she strives to be an excellent service provider in all aspects.

Karen has supported women to make positive life changes relating to: emotional growth, personal development, confidence, career progression, relationships, family, parenting and most importantly, helping women create a positive relationship with themselves. Karen works collaboratively with her clients using her professional skills in psychology theory and cognitive coaching and mentoring, to guide others to be the change they want to see.

The Well Woman Network

Karen is also the founder of The Well Woman Network. It’s purpose, to bring adult women of all ages together in a free, true social networking community. No gimmicks, no advertising, no selling; just a safe, supportive, fun and inspiring place for women to come, share, laugh and engage with other like minded women from across the globe.

‘When women come together with a collective intention, magic happens’ (Phylicia Rashad)

Qualifications, Professional Development & Memberships

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Inst. of Counselling (Accredited University of the West of Scotland).

Studied Cognitive Coaching & Mentoring, Inst. of Counselling (Accredited, University of the West of Scotland).

Restorative Practitioner, Restorative Justice Council


CAF & Lead Professional

LSCB Effective Multi-Agency Working

Domestic Abuse

LSCB Disguised Compliance

Signs of Safety

Associate Member of the Institute of Counselling

DBS Certificate held (Disclosure & Barring Service)

Free Downloadable and Printable Resources​

New Content Coming Soon

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You can drop me a message on here or email me at [email protected]

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The Small Print

All communications and meetings are strictly confidential between the client and Forward Thinking Therapies. 

Coaching/Mentoring Services 

Sessions are for 1 hour and charged at £60 per hour or part thereof. Block bookings, for a minimum of 4 sessions, are charged at £50 per hour. Payment is required in full at time of booking. The number of sessions required will be dependent on your individual needs.

Payment Terms

An electronic invoice is provided to you at time of booking and full payment is required within 24 hours. Payment for block bookings is required in full at time of booking. 

We accept all major debit/credit cards. 


48 hours notice is required if you need to cancel your appointment unless otherwise agreed. 


Refunds are not available unless otherwise agreed. If a session is missed, within our normal Terms & Conditions, your payment will be used for the next available session. 

Forward Thinking Therapies is professionally insured by PolicyBee.

Terms & Conditions apply. 

The Well Woman Network

Mind - Body - Soul

What is the Well Woman Network?

The Well Woman Network is a true online social networking group for women and provides a safe space which supports  emotional health;  promoting positive, empowering interactions with humour and a sprinkle of fun. 

No gimmicks, no advertising, no self promotion, no cost, just women being women in a positive, healthy and fun environment. 

Our Mind, Body, Soul Specialist Team

The Well Woman Network specialist team of contributors collectively bring their skills to support women in all aspects of wellbeing; Emotional Health, Coaching & Mentoring, Physical Health & Mental Fitness, Women's Sexual Health, Creativity for Wellbeing, Cosmetology, Skin health, Nutrition, Food Psychology, Emotional Eating and Mindfulness and Meditation. You can learn more about us below.


Our specialist team are all women who have endured and overcome challenge. We are passionate about the power of women, coming together and being true to ourselves, learning from each other, adapting and thriving in all aspects. 

We have collectively applied our professional skills to bring the best information, guidance and support to our Well Woman Network free of charge. 

Admin & Moderator Team

We also have a fantastic admin team who work hard to keep the group safe and healthy!

Join The Well Woman Network via the link below

The Well Woman Network Environment

Be yourself! The WWN environment is safe, kind, non-judgemental and fun. We don't allow advertising, self promotion or selling. The group is inclusive for all adult women regardless of age, race, colour, ethnicity, language, religion, sexual orientation, physical or learning disability. It is a place for all women where we are all equal. 


Meet the Mind, Body, Soul Specialist Team

More information at

The Mindful Cook

Josie Buck - The Mindful Cook

Food & Eating Psychology Coach

Karen Smith - The Forward Thinking Therapist

Emotional Health & Women's Psychological Coach & Mentor

More Information at

CWH Evolution Fitness 

Charlie Walker-Hebborn - CWH Evolution Fitness

Physical Health, Mental Fitness & Women's Sexual Health Coach

For more information

Rachels Handmade Heaven

Rachel Freegard

Creativity & Art for Wellbeing Specialist

For more information

Ann Pyne Yoga

Ann Pyne

Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga Guru

Make Up Artistry & Aesthetics

Website coming soon! 

Heidi de Zeeuw

Cosmetology & Skin Health


The Well Woman Network Admin Team

Founder & Admin Lead

Karen Smith

Network Contributor & Group Moderator

Angela Woodcock

Network Contributor & Group Moderator

Lorna Bragg

Network Contributor & Group Moderator

Sam Danby

Professionally Insured

Forward Thinking Therapies is professionally insured by PolicyBee.